NFC

Sharp RW-T107 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Tablet with NFC

The folks over at Sharp have announced a new NFC enabled tablet headed for Japan. This will be a 7" Android tablet but initial reports are claiming we will only have Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board here, no Honeycomb for now. A big part of the release is the full support for NFC interaction with support for Japanese FeliCa cards at the start, but we can expect additional cards in the near future.

TazPad Inches Closer to Production, NFC and Fingerprint Biometric Security in Tow

There's approximately a billion trillion tablets on the market now, or so it would seem, the vast majority of them running Android or some presto-change-o OS based on the Android kernel. What manufacturers will have to do if they plan on taking a piece of this pie at this point is one of two things: get a whole new most-powerful processor to become king OR make a unique tablet to carve out a niche. What the team at French NFC and Zigbee specialist TazTag has done is to integrate AuthenTec's TCS2 TouchChip sensor into its TazPad Android tablet alongside fingerprint biometric security -- a tablet with real business intentions.

LG Gelato Spotted for T-Mobile

What you're going to see in the gallery below is a rather tiny image of the device you see directly below, save for one rather important marking: a T-mobile logo near the top on the front. This again may seem sort of unimportant since this device is set to replace the LG Optimus One, both of them being entry-level devices, save another rather important factoid: this device will be rolling out with NFC equipped. This will make the device one of only a few smartphone devices on the market today with NFC abilities, this aside the Samsung Nexus S and the T-Mobile Nokia C7 - a meeGo device.

Four New LG Android Phones Revealed, Prada K2 Looks Nice

We all expected more phones coming out of LG this year as they've only just started their venture into Android. We have what appears to be possibly the remaining phones for the 2011 line-up. These are all renders from what I'm hearing and a few look pretty nice. The first name that caught my eye was the LG Prada K2. Does anyone remember the original LG Prada? Here's our review from 2007 on SlashGear. (Blast from the past)

Google+ Android App Has Support for NFC

Google has a tendency to use their different technologies and services to promote one another, and it sure looks like Google+ will be no exception. It turns out that phones with NFC, a small list at the moment, are capable of reading NFC tags with the Google+ app, to allow for quicker sharing. Obviously this won't be any sort of killer feature until NFC spreads a bit, especially to other phones.

Sony Ericsson planning NFC Android phones with chip from Nexus S

NFC support has been conspicuous by its absence in Sony Ericsson's recent Android handsets, but that looks set to change in the not too distant future. NXP Semiconductors has announced that it will be supplying Sony Ericsson with NFC hardware "for inclusion in its Android-based smartphones." Specifically, it's the "NXP PN65 NFC solution" which is basically a combination of the NFC radio chip itself, the embedded secure element, and the company's software. That will allow Sony Ericsson phones - with the right SIM - to use the new mobile payments systems, such as planned in the UK for launch later this year. Interestingly, it's also the same NFC chip as inside the Samsung Nexus S. Back at the launch of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc, the company told us that it was considering NFC but that the chips were too bulky to make it inside the slimline Arc. Since then it has released the XPERIA Play, a larger handset but still missing NFC. No word on when, exactly, the first Sony Ericsson NFC handsets will show up, but NXP seems to expect its shipments to rocket in the second half of 2011. Press Release:
Sony Ericsson selects NXP’s NFC Solution for its Android-based Smartphones NFC enables mobile entertainment experiences Eindhoven, Netherlands, June 16, 2011 – Today NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) announced that its world leading near field communication (NFC) technology has been selected by Sony Ericsson for inclusion in its Android-based smartphones. Sony Ericsson, a leading, global mobile handset manufacturer focused on communications and entertainment, will use NFC to further enhance its consumers’ mobile experiences, creating a portfolio of smartphones that enable mobile transactions. Using simple touch gestures, consumers will be able to make purchases or connect to a point of sale (POS) terminal, ticketing terminal or location-based promotional tag simply and securely with their NFC-enabled smartphones. NXP provides complete embedded, secure NFC solutions and recently announced that its NFC software is open source on the Android platform and enables the Google Wallet application. Sony Ericsson intends to use the NXP PN65 NFC solution in their Android-based smartphones, which includes the NFC radio controller, the embedded secure element and NFC software. The embedded secure element enables NFC to be used for mobile transactions. Building on NXP’s extensive background in secure identification, the PN65 uses advanced cryptography to offer the highest level of security for transactions, with the technology already being extensively used in contactless banking cards, e-passports, e-ID cards and secure access systems. “Building on Sony Ericsson’s leadership in Android and mobile gaming, the integration of near field communication into our Android-based Xperia™ portfolio is another step in delivering the most entertaining smartphones,” said Jan Uddenfeldt, Chief Technology Officer at Sony Ericsson. “NFC offers our consumers the ability to broaden their communication experience beyond the phone, and we are poised to drive the development of new, exciting and creative entertainment experiences.” “This latest move from Sony Ericsson is another proof point of the strong momentum and potential of NFC,” said Rick Clemmer, president and CEO, NXP Semiconductors. “Based on continued strong customer endorsements we have the opportunity to increase the sales of our NFC products 2-4 times as a percentage of total NXP revenue in the second half of 2011 from the approximately one percent it represents today. NFC offers a game-changing opportunity for mobile phone manufacturers to provide creative and innovative smartphones to their customers.” NFC is a market proven technology co-invented by NXP in 2002. In 2004 NXP co-founded the NFC Forum to lead the collaboration with all industry stakeholders and help standardize the technology. NFC technology evolved from a combination of contactless identification (RFID) and interconnection technologies. Ranked as the number one contactless IC vendor by ABI Research for three years in a row, NXP is the global leader in NFC solutions, field proven in over 150 NFC trials and landmark commercial deployments worldwide.

Google Offers is Now Live in Portland Oregon

Google Offers has entered Google's favorite development stage. Offers beta began today in Portland Oregon, featuring a deal for "$3 for $10 worth of drinks, pastries and treats" at the local chain Floyd's Coffee shop. The ambitious program, which maybe not so subtly attempts to go toe-to-toe with Groupon, gives users special "offers" at a local store during a certain time period, and according to the new beta site, on a first come, first 2,000 served (for this deal at least).
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